What was the first show you were in at The 5th?
My first show was Gypsy in 2001(with Matt Owen!) I played a Hollywood Blonde and the front end of the cow, respectively.
How many shows have you done at The 5th in total?
I’ve lost count. I do, however, remember exactly where I was when I got my first offer at the 5th. I was home for Christmas in Gresham, Oregon. I cried tears of joy. I continue to be grateful for every moment I get to spend on this stage. Continue reading “Taryn Darr on Holiday Inn”
By ALBERT EVANS, Artistic Associate
On a bright spring morning, in the city of New Rochelle, New York, E. L. Doctorow sat at his desk in a darkened room, staring at the wall. A fresh sheet of paper stood in his typewriter, but an idea for a new novel eluded him.
Doctorow was determined to keep to his daily writing schedule, so he lit his pipe and began to describe what he saw—the wall. Having soon exhausted that subject, he moved on to the room and the rest of the house: a spacious residence built in the early 1900s. He began to imagine the family that might have lived there during that time—dominant white Protestants, served by second-generation Irish Catholics who cleaned their houses, tended their lawns and lived out of sight “somewhere downtown.”
His novelist’s eye zoomed out to take in nearby New York City, ruled by titans of business, administered by tough politicians and peopled by the full range of humanity, from the upper classes living in marble mansions, to the desperately poor tenement dwellers—the Italians, Poles and Jews who had fled poverty and hunger in their homelands, thousands of them arriving every month on what the rich sneeringly called “rag ships.” Continue reading “The Black and White Rag”
By Kwapi Vengesayi, Community Engagement Specialist
On December 8, 1996, Ragtime, a musical based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, celebrated its world premiere at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Fourteen months later, on January 18, 1998, it made its Broadway debut, which marked the beginning of what would be a two-year run: 27 previews, 834 performances, 13 Tony Award® nominations and four wins, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Score.“The original production was glorious,” says Peter
“The original production was glorious,” says Peter Rothstein, director of The 5th Avenue’s production of Ragtime. “It had a huge and incredible cast, it was an epic production; it was theatrically thrilling.” Peter Rothstein is the Founding Artistic Director of Theater Latté Da based in Minneapolis. Continue reading “A Story About Us: An Interview with Peter Rothstein”
Douglas Lyons is starring as Coalhouse in our new production of Ragtime. This may be his 5th Avenue Theatre mainstage debut, but the New York actor has been working with the company for a year as a composer behind the new musical ’64, a 5th Avenue Theatre commission of the New Works Program. Despite a vigorous rehearsal schedule, Lyons took the time to sit down with us and answer some questions about this exciting new show.
Your new musical is based on a true moment in history. Can you tell us what is ’64 about?
Amidst the Civil Rights Movement in 1960’s America, one chapter of fraternity men at Stanford University fought segregation head-on. And not with their fists, but with their brotherhood. Continue reading “A 5th Avenue Theatre New Musical Commission: ’64”
Did you know that the large majority of shows you see on The 5th Avenue Theatre stage are self-produced? This fact actually makes The 5th incredibly unique, so let me explain what this means.
There are two ways that a musical appears on our stage. Once or twice a year, you’ll see a show that is part of a national tour. These musicals are hot from the Broadway stage and are now traveling across the country. In these productions, you will see sets, costumes and staging that is often the same or very close to what audiences experienced during the show’s run on Broadway. Recent national tours have included Tony®-award winners (or nominees) like Fun Home, Matilda and Something Rotten! Continue reading “Getting to Know The 5th: A Uniquely Seattle Broadway Experience”
By Kwapi Vengesayi, Community Engagement Specialist
Based on the 1975 novel by E.L Doctorow, Ragtime is a musical that introduces the stories of fictional characters and intertwines them with the lives of real-life historical figures. Get to know some of these characters from history below.
July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947
Henry Ford was an industrialist, inventor, and founder of the Ford Motor Company. He was the first to apply the assembly line process to automobile manufacturing, a move which revolutionized not only the industry but also transportation in general.
Continue reading “Ragtime Historical Figures & Their American Story”
The stellar cast of Ragtime, stripped down to an essential 17 members, is currently deep in rehearsal for the production which begins performances next week. Take a peek behind the curtain at these rehearsal shots.
Richard Peacock (Harlem Man) and Douglas Lyons (Coalhouse Walker, Jr.)
The ensemble dances.
Douglas Lyons as Coalhouse Walker, Jr.
Joshua Carter (Tateh) and Tatum Poirrier (The Little Girl)
From left to right: Andi Alhadeff, Richard Peacock, Billie Wildrick, Hugh Hastings, Lauren Du Pree, Eric Ankrim, Danyel Fulton (with Douglas Lyons in the background)
Billie Wildrick (Evelyn Nesbit) with Choreographer Kelli Foster Warder
Douglas Lyons (Coalhouse) on the piano, talking with Choreographer Kelli Foster Warder
Joshua Carter (Tateh) gets on the level with Tatum Poirrier (The Little Girl)